Steinberg today announced the release of a full iteration of their DAW software Cubase Pro 8 and Cubase Artist 8.
You may have seen our recent Cubase Focus series where we took a look at some specific features available in the previous version of Cubase. Version 8 add to that with a some additional new features:
Improved Window Handling - workspace management, including dedicated task bar for Cubase and preview windows (Windows only)
VCA Faders - like high end analog consoles VCAs are a way of groupling tracks without the use of busses, automation is also available.
Render In Place - bounce MIDI and Audio parts with or without effects, trigger a new track creation event with all live plugs and settings copied over from the rendered track.
ASIO Guard 2 - variable latency for performance critical tracks, larger latency for playback only tracks, allows you to more efficiently direct CPU resources where required.
Virgin Territories - when activated, not automation data is written to connect previous or later automation events on the same track - makes automation writing and editing less fiddly
Direct Routing - route channels, buses and stems to multiple desitnations at once with a single click
Wave Meters - upcoming audio events are displayed with repsectove waveformes, scrolling through mixer pane below the volume fader - easier to see where you are without having to refer to the project window.
VST Connect SE 3 - improved remote recording for audio and MIDI over the internet
Plug-in Manager - arrange, group, sort and folder your effects and instruments into custom sub menus
Chord Pads - create and compose with chords on the fly. Playable via MIDI allowing you to easily improvise chord sequences.
Groove Agent SE 4 - now includes many features from GA4, but focussing on a mainly acoustic kit setup.
Shipping begins on December 8, 2014. The suggested retail price for Cubase Pro 8 is 549 euros, including German VAT. The suggested retail price for Cubase Artist 8 is 299 euros, including German VAT.
Customers who have activated Cubase 7.5 and Cubase Artist 7.5 since October 15, 2014, are eligible for a free, downloadable Grace Period update to the latest version.